Thursday, November 11, 2010
Just a heads up, I have closed out the Art Opera 2010 event and the yahoo group, to make way for a new year and new adventure.
Many thanks to all who supported this years event, the group, sponsorship, supplies and more. I look forward to seeing you all again and to get inspired.
Have a wonderful year!
Please note: I will periodically update this blog page with workshops and events details. Please join us everyday, at Piddlestixs located at:
12 Morris Farm Rd., Lafayette, NJ 07848
See you soon!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I wish the opera was every night. It is, of all entertainments, the sweetest and most delightful. Some of the songs seemed to melt my very soul.
FANNY BURNEY, Evelina
No Opera, No Beach or Seaside event should be without a Pageant, Don't you agree? At the Art Opera Orientation Dinner Soiree, we will have just that a pageant, one filled with elegance, vintage flair and of course royalty straight from the sea, a pageant called:
The 1rst Annual Art Opera Pageant called: Queens of the Sea Pageant!
There are ten main attendee tables in which a Queen will each be chosen at random, by a seaside delegate, then they will be crowned. Later in the evening, The ten Queens will be asked to come up to the front of the room and await for the Main Queen to be announced. The final Queen will be chosen based on the attendee, teacher and guest vote, then AnnDenise Anderson of Whim and Fancy Designs will announce the Queen of the Sea, and bestow her with a crown, sash and septor that she has created for the winner.
We have had several pageant goodies made from fabulous designers for the event, these were wonderful gifts made by each, which supports Art opera and the events within it.
Art Opera: The main Pageant Goodies were made by both Whim & Fancy Designs, and A Gilded Life for Art Opera!
The 10 table crowns, pageant tickets and ballots were made by me, Lisa Kettell. The ticket glitter buckets were purchased to match the decor and theme.
Glitter wands were made by Sandy Koterba and will be randomly distributed around the room for the attendees.
AnnDenise Anderson of Whim and Fancy Designs made a crown, the dazzling vintage sash and a septor (septor not shown, pics to follow)Shea/Debbie of A Gilded Life made the other crown and the Art Opera necklace! The necklace was a surprise made for me, and is absolutely beautiful!
All 3 of these wonderful ladies hail from Texas, as do several of our Art Opera attendees, coming in for the event, as well as ladies from Arizona, California, Vermont, Rhode Island, NY, NJ, PA, CT, MA, MD and other areas.
Here I am modeling all their beautiful wares:
More pictures to follow of the complete pageant assemble with the septor, table crowns, tickets and ballots.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
-Victorian Parlour Bird
Pam has always been fascinated by the old Victorian Parlour's that were filled with butterflies, birds and fauna. Come join Pam and learn how to create your own Victorian Parlour filled the charm of a real one, which can sit in your studio, office or favorite location. Best part is you receive the glass dome as well, love that.
Learn vintage techniques, assemblage, while working w/vintage and new items, distressing agents and more.
Seats still available, contact me to reserve your seat, last day to guarantee your seating is April 5.
-Parlour Fairy Shadowbox
Pam creates enchanted worlds through her art, in this class join Pam on a journey into a World of Enchantment, a Flights of Fancy in Fairyland, with the Parlour Fairy Shadowbox. You create an enchanted shadowbox with a jointed winged fairy ballerina, while working with a plethora of vintage and new materials which will make the heart sing. Your final piece will have a dancing ballerina which will move up and down like your own personal theater.
Seats still available, contact me to reserve your seat, last day to guarantee your seating is April 5
Pam's fabulous kits for the 2 workshops:
Visit Art Opera Website at: www.artoperanj.com
to register for single or multi workshops
Monday, March 29, 2010
Art Opera: Queens of Sea Crown for the:
Queens of the Sea Pageant at Art Opera!
This crown was made by AnnDenise Anderson for the main Queen of the pageant. Each table at the dinner soiree will have a Queen chosen to represent their tables. The Queens are randomly picked by chance at the start of the evening.
Toward the end of the evening all guests will randomly write down a name of someone inside the dinner soiree who they feel should be the Ultimate Queen of the Sea. Then each table Queen will hand the written ballots to AnnDenise, who will then tally up the names and then call the winner.
This Queen will be crowned with the beautiful head piece above, followed by this gorgeous Sash and a Dazzling Septor.
The septor photos will be un-veiled soon. All three items are handmade with regal detail by AnnDenise Anderson aka Whim and Fancy Designs. AnnDenise is also teaching, sponsoring and vending at Art Opera 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
There are still seats available for this workshop, visit the Art Opera Website at:
or contact me and let me know! Art Opera is April 7-11, 2010. The bulk of the workshops will be taking place April 8-9, with some morning classes on April 10.
Jenny Heid and Aaron's Nieradka's Classes:
Not only are Jenny and Aaron fabulous teachers, they also have a fabulous product line available such as journals and note cards. The notecards can be purchased from them or at Michael's Craft Store! Here is a sneak peak of the cards:
Monday, March 22, 2010
Below is a list of the vendor soiree mini workshops, make/takes and demo's which are either free or for a small fee.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
First off, if you are still choosing classes, you have to see the newest picture from Heidi's Belle of the Ball Workshop, OMG, amazing, looks like I'll be joining her in this class, I have to make this doll.
The Belle of the Ball Workshop is $99, includes breakfast or lunch, and other fun surprises. Some seats still available.
Second she is teaching a mini workshop aka make/take on the Saturday part of the vendor faire at her booth, its entitled:
"Spring Dream" ~ mini shadow box Make & Take ~ $20.
You guys are going to love it. Check out her photo album in the Art Opera Yahoo Group under group photos: Heidi's Spring Dream.
Visit the Art Opera Website for photos and to register!
or My Flickr Art Opera Photo Album for more photos.
Let me know whose signing up for the workshop and/or the make-take, so I can let Heidi know!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
On Saturday April 10 and Sunday April 11, Monmouth Antiques, Carla Gizzi and Plum Cottage will be hosting complimentary workshops at their stores! Here is a list of those mini workshops/demo's.
Saturday April 10, 2010
217 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Instructor: Lisa Walsh
Subject: Antiques into Art
Description: Lisa will be giving ideas on how to recycle vintage items into fun and decorative pieces! We'll also share ideas on how to re-purpose antiques as storage for your studio or craft room.
Saturday April 10, 2010
169 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Instructor: Carla Gizzi
Subject: Jewelry techniques
Description: Carla will be having a mini workshop/demo using all sorts of beads and findings Art Opera Attendees will see samples of various creations and have the option to create their own masterpieces for a small fee. New and vintage beads and assorted findings will also be available for purchase.
Sunday April 11, 2010
212 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Instructor: Laura Kent
Subject: Textiles and Crafts (Altered Art & Textiles)
Description: From the tiniest snippet of Antique lace to yards of vintage fabric not one scrap of antique textiles should ever go to waste. Visit Laura at the Plum Cottage and learn about this precious commodity and some of the magical memories you can create with vintage textiles.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Post Three of my adventure to the Antiques District in Red Bank, located on Front Street, where a lot of Art Opera happenings will be occurring. Post One showcased Monmouth Antiques, Post Two showcased Laura and Plum Cottage, right across from Cheryl at Monmouth Antiques, and today Post Three will spotlight Carla Gizzi Design and Studio located a few steps down from Monmouth Antiques.Let me just say, one glimpse into the window and I knew I had to go into this store. Peering inside gave me whimsical chills, opening the front door and I was in an enchanted world.
Carla's store offers an array of wonderful new and vintage treasures from handmade jewelry, papers, dolls, ornaments, frames, mirrors, trinket boxes to mosaic lined furniture and accessories that Carla hand applies to each one. Her store is intwined in a cupcake chic color palette mixed wit muted vintage tones, and modern bright, all of it works fabulously.Once you enter the store, you will not leave, same as Monmouth Antiques and Plum Cottage. Carla, like Laura and Cheryl will be housing mini workshops/demo's in their stores throughout the weekend of Art Opera. I will post the schedule tomorrow.For now, enjoy the photos of this fabulous store, to visit Carla, check out the website at:
To visit the rest of the photos from the fun things happening at Art Opera this year visit:
Lisa's Art Opera Flickr Gallery
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Again, if you are not familiar with Red Bank, after Art Opera you will be. Its one of NJ's artsy areas, next to Montclair, Lambertville, and Cape May to name a few, an area filled with boutiques, antiques, cafes, restaurants, and lots of historical roots. Its an area that has a fabulous department store, reminding me of the days of vintage Macy's, Haynes, Epsteins, and Bloomingdales, Red Bank even has an Urban Outfitters and Tiffany & Co, besides being located in the scenic Jersey Shore area, Red Bank is also a train ride away from NYC 45min/1hour, with a train directly to Newark Airport as well.These are all the reasons I am hosting Art Opera in Red Bank, not to mention the support of the loving community, the visitors center and my friends at: Monmouth Antiques, Plum Cottage and Carla Gizzi, these ladies have helped me tremendously. Cheryl (Monmouth Antiques) has organized the Friday night Art Opera Attendee/Guest party at the Antiques Center w/food, refreshments, surprises/giveaways and shopping discounts for our attendees, starting around 7pm, Friday April 9, 2010.
Laura of Plum Cottage will be vending at the vendor faire, hosting a workshop/demo at Plum Cottage and joining us at the Dinner Soiree. She has been collecting fabulous finds for years, which you will all be able to see and buy at Art Opera and all year long.
Art Opera Gallery Photos
A full schedule of these and all the activities will be uploaded here, on the website under articles, in the yahoo group and given out at Art Opera!
Here is a sneak peak at Laura and Plum Cottage, stay tuned for Post Three with pictures from Carla Gizzi. Post Four will have the complimentary workshop schedule!
Magic and Blessings,
To see the rest of the photos from Monmouth Antiques, Please visit the Art Opera Flickr Gallery Site, by clicking below: